The Bon Vivant's Companion
- Telephone 0131 225 6055
- Opening times Mon–Sun 10am–10pm.
- Website bonvivantscompanion.co.uk
As inviting and atmospheric a shop as its bar and restaurant friend is next door, this independent off-licence sells everything you might need to be the bon vivant of any party. There are cocktail shakers and intriguing spirits to fill them with (including almost 50 gins), glasses to pour into, and, of course, the hundreds-strong wine selection the whole BV business specialises in. Shelves of beer and a little deli out back make for quick but luxurious lunches, and regular events are hosted in the snug tasting cellars downstairs. There's no disguising the genuine love for good booze here, which encompasses an enterprising and enthusiastic attitude to hunting down rare wines.